Meet Kayla Kearney, IGNITE's 23-24 Philadelphia Fellow

Kayla Kearney is a second-year Dr. Anne Moses IGNITE Philadelphia Fellow. She is currently a student at Temple University and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a certificate in Political Economy on a Pre-Law track. Kayla is a Philadelphia native with a passion for community activism, including outreach and organizing. She is most proud of having organized donation drives to collect supplies for unhoused individuals throughout Philadelphia. Kayla is a passionate advocate for juvenile reform and rehabilitation. She aspires to found a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing restorative justice and other programs to aid in juvenile development. Outside of her academic endeavors, Kayla also volunteers with a local program working to mentor students who have directly been impacted by incarceration or who are at risk of incarceration themselves. She hopes to continue to give back to her community and work toward providing resources necessary for everyone to thrive. For Philadelphia inquiries, please contact Kayla at

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